I agree that cloud technology in the next five to ten years could possibly be the main storage for all of our data. Not only does this guarantee that our information is backed up, it means you don't need to carry your information around on devices anymore such as USB sticks or external hard drives.
The only downside at the moment is that memory and storage is not free and is very limited, not to mention that we are relying on the speed of our internet connection to download the files from the cloud in the first place.
I think technology like this will become even more efficient once data storage will no longer be an issue, being that it will be very cheap for copious amount of memory and in addition faster connection to the cloud so that when downloading the file from the cloud it will be like you are not downloading it at all, rather just opening the file as if it already existed on your device.
These high-tech specs are about to propel us into a sci-fi future few could have envisaged a decade ago, writes TOM LEONARD.
Thomas Shaw's insight:
The idea of having a pair of glasses that can search the internet, send text messages, read emails is just amazing, the list can go on, but what else will these glasses be able to do that the user has no control of?
This technology will soon be released but will they become popular? Or will they just be an 'in the moment' kind of gadget that people will soon get over and go back to their iPhones.
Google’s Android unit is reportedly working on a wearable smartphone that would be a rival to Apple’s much talked about – yet still unseen – iWatch.
Thomas Shaw's insight:
I have to agree that wearable technology such as Google Glasses or Apple's iWatch will be extremely popular within the next five to ten years. Wearable technology means no more filling your pockets with MP3 players and iPhones, it will all be integrated into the items you normally wear every day.
Most consumers these days want more user friendliness and accessability, however at what cost? These new devices don't come cheap.
This article was published only yesterday and it really grabbed my attention. It raises the subject that by creating computers that can teach themselves, technologies such as gathering-systems, voice-recognition applications and surveillance systems will become more advanced than they already are.
Imagine if you had a surveillance system at home that could recognise you as the owner by facial recognition or height for example, and when you invite a new friend over, it identifies them for the first time and by either voice recognition or human gestures it can detect that there is a 'friendly' relationship between you and this new person that entered the househould. This kind of technology would be the best kind of surveillance system any place could have as it would be like having a second pair of eyes constantly watching over everything that is happening.
It would mean that surveillance systems would no longer need to be 'armed' in order for them to alert authorities when there is an intruder, rather it would just know that this unknown person should not be inside this building at this time of night and could even ring authorities providing them with all the information they need to know.
Although this then brings up the question: Is this too much power for a computer to have? It is nice knowing that your computer at home simply does what you tell it to. But having a computer that can learn and evolve from the information you put into it is quite a scary thought.